A DREAMBOYS dancer who broke his leg and knocked out a gran after his pole fell from a nightclub ceiling during his performance will be out of work for six months... but is already planning for his future.

While performing at For Your Eyes Only club, in Shoreditch, London, last month, Lewis Riches, from Southend, broke his leg in two places and ripped ligaments meaning he will be out of work for at least six months.

The 37-year-old underwent a two-hour operation to insert two bolts into his bones through his ankle.

He is now wheelchair bound for at least two months, but says he has already visited the gym.

He told the Echo: “It’s been tough.

“The last week has also been tough mentally.

“Just as everything was starting to go right for me, this happened.

“It’s funny because this year was supposed to be my big break, but I’m trying to stay focussed and don’t want to sit around moping which is why I’ve already been down the gym.

“I’m actually thinking about opening my own community-based gym with a focus on the youth in Southend as there is nothing for them to do here.

“But Dreamboys have given me an open-ended invite so as soon as I’m well I can go back, but it’s going to take some time.

“I need to learn how to walk again slowly. I might not ever recover how I need to to be able to perform.

“But Dreamboys is a machine and it has to carry on.”

Being self-employed, and uninsured, Lewis faces a difficult future financially.

His 13-year-old daughter, Marley, has set up a JustGiving page for her beloved dad for anyone who wants to help out until he gets back on his feet.

Lewis, who is a trained performer, also has hopes to star in a panto once he recovers.

Lewis did praise the club for their co-operation, as did Dreamboys’ representatives.

He added: “The club has been amazing.

“People have been so supportive and I just want to say thank you to everyone.”

Kirsty Shaw Rayner, on behalf of the Dreamboys, said: “The Dreamboys work with over 1,500 venues across the UK and we enjoy a great relationship with them all.

“We do rely on equipment and infrastructure supplied by our host venues and our main London event venue, For Your Eyes Only, have been incredibly supportive regarding this incident and the matter is closed as far as we are concerned. The boys and the Dreamboys fans wish Lewis a speedy recovery.” Go to www.gofundme.com/f/6kxf7b-help-my-dad?